Rafael Nadal was back in the winner’s circle this week even as Austrian Dominic Thiem won his second title in a row on the men’s side. Jelena Jankovic was among three winners on the women’s side. Here is our recap of the week in World Tennis.
Rafael Nadal Wins Hamburg Title
Rafael Nadal decided to continue playing on clay after Wimbledon in order to get some confidence under his belt and that’s exactly what he got in Hamburg. The Spaniard defeated Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 to win the bet-at-home ATP event in Hamburg – ending a two-match losing streak to the Italian.
Nadal’s win was the 47th clay court title of his career, and he is now only two shy of Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay court titles. Nadal said the win was very important for him and he was happy with his performance and his mentality, which he has found lacking in recent months. The win should hopefully translate into some confidence as Nadal heads into the hardcourt season.
Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem won his second title in as many weeks, with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Belgian David Goffin to win the Swiss Open Gstaad and could be one to watch out for at next year’s French Open. Thiem has now won 13 matches in a row on clay, having also won in Nice and Umag. Thiem will go for his fourth clay title in a row when he plays the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel this week where he is the top seed.
Meanwhile, over in the United States, American John Isner defeated former top 10 player Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 to win the BB&T Atlanta Open for the third year in a row. In the process, the big-serving American became only the eighth active player to win the same event three times in a row. This is the third ATP title of the year for Isner, his best ever tally on the tour in a single year and the 10th title of his career. The Bryan Brothers were back on the winner’s podium, beating Brit Colin Fleming and Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6, 10-4 to win the Atlanta event – the 107th title of their career and their first title since Monte Carlo.
Meanwhile, Aliaksandr Bury and Denis Istomin defeated Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 to win the Swiss Open Gstaad doubles crown. And Jamie Murray and John Peers won the bet-at-home Open doubles title, beating the Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 to win their second title of the year.
Teliana Pereira and Patricia Maria Tig Win WTA Titles
Brazil’s Teliana Pereira won the WTA Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis, with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over German Annika Beck. This was the second title of the season for Pereira, who is only the third Brazilian woman to win a WTA title.
In Azerbaijan, Margarita Gasparyan defeated Romanian Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 to win her first WTA title. The win is impressive, considering Gasparyan had never won a WTA level match in her career prior to this. She also combined with Russian Alexandra Panova, to upset the second seeds Vitalia Diatchenko and Olga Savchuk 6-3, 7-5 on their way to the doubles title.
Meanwhile, former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chang Kai-Chen 6-3, 7-6 to win the Jiangxi Women’s Tennis Open in Nanching, China – a WTA $125K Challenger event. On the doubles side, Beck and compatriot Laura Siegemund defeated Maria Irigoyen and Paula Kania 6-3, 7–6 to win the title in Florianopolis; and Chang combined with China’s Zheng Saisai to upset top seeds Chan Chin-Wei and Wang Yafan 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 to win in Nanching.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Retain World No. 1 Rankings
Novak Djokovic continues to maintain his stranglehold over the top spot, ahead of Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Croatian Marin Cilic climbs up one spot to No. 8 in the rankings while Nadal climbs one spot to No. 9 and Milos Raonic drops two spots to No. 10. Isner’s win sees him climb up one spot to No. 18 while Thiem climbs 3 spots to No. 21.
The Bryan Brothers retain the top spot in the doubles rankings while Simone Bolelli climbs two spots to No. 9. Serena Williams continues to reign atop the women’s world rankings in a Top 10 without any changes this week. Jankovic climbs 2 spots to No. 2; Pereira climbs 30 spots to No. 48 and Gasparyan climbs 41 spots to No. 71. On the doubles side, Sania Mirza continues to reign atop the doubles rankings as there are no changes in the Top 10.